The Paths To Understanding Podcast

A podcast that looks at various topics through the lens of wisdom traditions. Panel discussions on Challenge 2.0 and Wisdom From Our Neighborhood take different approaches to sharing the stories and expertise of our guests.

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It was called the Antiquities Act of 1906. It gave anthropologists, museums and private collectors free rein to loot native American graves and reservations. Almost a century later, a new federal law was passed to give native Americans an opportunity to reclaim artifacts and in some cases, the remains of their ancestors. What does the law do, does it go far enough and what more is needed? That’s the subject of this episode of Challenge 2.0. 

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Join the Paths Network at When white Nationalists stormed the US Capitol January 6th, some wore T-shirts with the slogan ‘6MWE’. That was short hand for 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust weren’t enough. This in the country that defeated those responsible for that genocide, and brought the leaders to justice. In this week’s concluding episode of Challenge 2.0, Addicted to Hate, we examine how we are called to respond.

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In last week’s edition of Challenge 2.0, we heard the stories of two Holocaust survivors. Women who rebuilt their lives only to be confronted by the latest generation of White Nationalists who either claim the Holocaust never happened or didn’t kill enough Jews. This week, we examine the motivations of both these hate groups and the Holocaust survivors who are confronting their assertions.

They have spent decades emerging from the nightmare of the Holocaust; human-engineered butchery that claimed the lives of six million Jews-neighbors, friends, family. After rebuilding their lives from Nazi genocide of World War two…survivors are now confronted by a new generation of White Nationalists who either claim the Holocaust never happened…or didn’t go far enough. In this episode of Challenge 2.0, we hear the stories of two such survivors, and how they respond to the latest pandemic of hate.
Today the opinions are as divided as this nations’ politics-that we are in a new and dangerous era or, that we have faced similar challenges before. The 1960’s brought massive protests, lynchings and political assassinations. 60 years later, we’ve witnessed killings in schools, offices and places of worship, large scale protests in the street and the violent takeover of the Capitol with threatened killings of elected representatives. In this edition of Challenge 2.0, we hear from two experienced faith leaders who have sought to build connections in both eras.
What is the proper relationship between faith, politics and government? Are they exclusive, or does an active faith life demand involvement in politics and government policy? In this week’s edition of Challenge 2.0, we meet with members of a group called Faith Action Network to explore those questions.

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Terry Kyllo in conversation with Allison Gill from American Atheists about some of the common values many atheists share, some of the common misconceptions about atheists, her work for religious freedom and atheists' work for the common good. 

Paths to Understanding uses the term "wisdom tradition" to refer to a set of remembered stories, deep truths, probing questions and a capacity for self-critique exploring how human beings can live with meaning, community and care for the earth. These include Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Indigenous, agnostic, atheist and humanist and many other traditions.

In our last episode, we heard how faith communities both serve as a source of comfort or a source of distress for our neighbors with different gender identities or sexual orientations. We continue that conversation and explore constructive responses.
Find out more at Court cases affirming the rights of LGBTQ Americans continue to reflect both changing attitudes and understanding within this country. But there are other cases that reflect resistance; and that is also true of faith communities-which traditionally serve as a place of refuge and comfort for people with difficult life experiences. In this episode of Challenge 2.0, we open a conversation with representatives of the LGBTQ community and various faith traditions.
Pastor Terry Kyllo and Senior Rabbi Danny Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle discuss the ongoing impact of the pandemic, the impact of the events of January 6th and the forces that contribute to it and how we can act together to strengthen our democracy.

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